Los Angeles, Nov 18 (EFE News) .- A federal judge on Wednesday ordered the government of President Donald Trump to stop expelling unaccompanied migrant children detained at the border without allowing them to make requests for refuge or asylum, dealing a severe blow to the measures imposed by the Administration for the health emergency.
Magistrate Emmet Sullivan of the District Court for the District of Columbia ruled in favor of unaccompanied minors who were subject to removal after the Government imposed Title 42, which allows US Customs and Border Protection to United States (CBP) expel foreigners arrested at the border arguing a health emergency due to covid-19.
In the order, the judge cautions that unaccompanied migrant children who are detained by border agents must receive the safeguards that Congress established for them and placed in government-supervised shelters during their immigration proceedings.
The case was presented by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), and other organizations on behalf of a 15-year-old Guatemalan who entered the country alone last August.
Last March, Vice President Mike Pence ordered the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to use its emergency powers to effectively seal the borders of the United States, despite the reluctance shown by the country’s main health agency, according to press reports.
Using Title 42, CBP agents at both borders have expelled the majority of migrants who are detained entering the country undocumented, including unaccompanied children.
The president of the Hispanic Caucus in Congress (CHC), Julián Castro, lashed out today through a message on Twitter to the Trump Government.
“The Trump Administration has hastily deported thousands of migrant children fleeing violence and poverty, in violation of international agreements. They even deported children to Mexico when they came from other places, “denounced the congressman.
“This successful court order is a victory for human rights,” he highlighted about a court decision that, however, does not protect adult immigrants or migrant families crossing the border.
According to CBP data, last September more than 48,000 immigrants were expelled under Title 42 at the southern border, and an October New York Times report claimed that more than 200 non-Mexican children were expelled by CBP agents to That country.
Lee Gelernt, the ACLU’s lead attorney in this case, told CBS that “this cruel and illegal policy, like so many others in the Trump Administration, was putting thousands of children in grave danger.”